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Past Meets Present

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A black and white photo of the old post office on Gervais Street, which is now the South Carolina Supreme Court.

An inquiry about the original doors to the Supreme Court of South Carolina building on Gervais Street turned into a treasure hunt, yielding images of Columbia that are pretty different than what we know today. The law librarian at the Court asked for anything we could find about the front doors to the building, which was a post office until the state bought it in 1966.

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Smokey Bear Day

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A black and white photo of two young girls with a Smokey Bear doll

August 9, 2022 marks Smokey Bear's 78th birthday!

The Smokey Bear doll featured in this photo is part of our collection; libraries used it for the Summer Reading Club in the 1950s. The Ad Council and Forest Service commissioned artist Albert Staehle to create the fictional character to help prevent forest fires.

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Read All About It: State Library Offers ProQuest US Major Dalies Collection

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A newspaper rests atop a laptop computer.

South Carolina State Library cardholders may now access five of the nation's leading newspapers. Daily issues of The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal are available by 8:00 a.m. eastern time. Users may find the ProQuest US Major Dailies newspaper collection on the State Library's A-Z page.

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The Read-In Rocked!

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Kids walking to the State House holding signs that say, "Kids Who Read Succeed."

Thanks to everyone who attended Read-In 2022 in person and virtually. It was fantastic to be back together again to celebrate reading and declare that, “Kids who read succeed!” We had close to 500 students, teachers, and staff join us for the parade to the South Carolina State House, and several thousand watched online.

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